Preview: Herreshoff Classic Regatta of 2014—A Report from Bryan Burdick

August 30, 2014

Maynard Bray

Even though I wasn't in Bristol this year to watch the Herreshoff Classic Regatta firsthand, hearing about the event from my good friend Bryan Burdick who sailed aboard the newly-restored Buzzards Bay 25 MINK was almost as good. Thanks, Bryan! Thanks also to Jim Giblin and Maria Baker for the photos at Jim's dock in Noank, of the BB-25 neck-and-neck start, and of MINK's crew. (The photos of the Newport 29, DOLPHIN, and the 12-1/2's are mine.)

Hi Maynard -

We had an excellent week in Noank leading up to the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s regatta.  Lots of work to finish MINK and prepare BAGATELLE, but having both boats together at Jim Giblin's float was quite the sight!  MINK, with darker varnish and the golden hue of her manila halyards, appeared warmer to me than BAGATELLE, and both were stunning.  John Taylor (who works for MP&G) towed both boats to Bristol Thursday in a light easterly, but with the current, made this a 6-1/2 hour transit.photo-66

Although the race fleet included Sea Sprites, S-Boats, a few catboats, an L-24 named BELLE, NEITH, two Fishers Island 31s, and the NY-40 RUGOSA, it was the “Centennial Boats” of 1914 (the Buzzards Bay 25s, the Newport 29s, and the 12-1/2s) that were for me most interesting. Besides MINK (HMCo #733) and BAGATELLE (HMCo #736), we had VITESSA (HMCo #74 and now rigged as a yawl) and NAIAD, the 1983 Buzzards Bay 25 replica by Concordia. DOLPHIN (HMCo #727) represented the original Newport 29s and ROGUE (the Seth Persson-built replica of 1953) as the replica. There were a half dozen 12-1/2s racing as well.

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